Why I Ride:
I love bikes. I love to ride bikes, tinker with bikes, modify bikes, learn about bikes, and dream about bikes.
I love the feeling of freedom while riding a bike.
I love not sitting in traffic when I commute by bike.
I love the still of a snowy morning ride.
Most of all, and most recently, I love the joy that bicycling brings to my son. Few things make him happier and calmer than a long bike ride on a weekend morning. He’s pictured here on his first Tweed Ride (in Pittsburgh). I think he had fun. I know I did.
While shopping one day, I almost tripped over a sign that had fallen into the isle. I bent down reading the words, “All roads lead to Freedom”. Tired of the daily grind and the ride to my Dilbert cubicle, the monotony of it all was getting to me. I felt trapped and decided to change, to get back to the things that I enjoyed the most and one of them was riding a bike. I found a 1983 Trek 720 touring frame and decided to build it up as period correct as possible. I then started commuting to work and soon found myself immersed into the sounds of nature that begin each day to the point I purposely slow my ride down to take this all in. Somewhere along the ride I’ll realize just how blessed I am but that’s something any great bike ride evokes in all of us.